Malvika Raj

Malvika Raj Patna, Bihar India.

Curator's Note " Malvika Raj can be seen as a crossover artist in every sense of the word. Not only does she ...

AWARDS

2007 - Best photography award NIIFT 2007, Mohali. 2007 - Best creative Fashion Designing award “ANUKAMA 2007” NIIFT Mohali.

EXHIBITIONS

2012 - Solo Exhibition in Jehangir Art Gallery .

2014 - Participated in a workshop with 100 state level awarded folk artist. Coordinated and sponsored by Ministry of Art, Culture and Youth .

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Curator's Note

" Malvika Raj can be seen as a crossover artist in every sense of the word. Not only does she bring a new narrative and artistic sensibility to the traditional art of Madhubani painting but she also constantly innovates with medium and form. It is for this innovative quality that we chose her works and envision an interesting growth curve ahead. Madhubani paintings are usually done on paper with organic colours, however Malvika has modernised the traditional art form creating her compositions with acrylic on canvas. A follower of Buddhism, Malvika has personalised the narrative of Madhubani by extending the narrative that normally centres on Radha Krishna themes to include the stories of Lord Buddha."

Bridging the world of design and art, Malvika Raj can be seen as a crossover artist in every sense of the word.  Not only does she bring a new narrative and artistic sensibility to the traditional art of Madhubani painting but she also constantly innovates with medium and form. Madhubani painting is usually done on paper with organic colours, however, Malvika has modernised it by creating her compositions with acrylic on canvas. Moreover being a Buddhist, Malvika has personalised the narrative of Madhubani by extending the narrative that normally centres on Radha Krishna themes to include the stories of Lord Buddha. “I was first inspired by my sister who used to paint at home, but then became a civil engineer,” says Malvika a Patna-born artist who is currently working and living in Delhi.

“Initially, I studied fashion design and was working with a design firm, but an illness forced me to move back to Patna,” says the artist who studied fashion designing at NIIFT Mohali (2004-2007).

 “Rather than sit at home and get depressed, I began studying Madhubani painting and that is how I began my journey as an artist,” she recalls. Her career took off after she had her first exhibition in 2012 Bodhgaya Kalachakra, of a suite of paintings that combined Madhubani paintings with a Buddhist narrative, a unique combination that has won her accolades and plaudits. Malvika has not looked back since and has had several solo exhibitions including one at the prestigious Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai. Her painting on the life of Dr Ambedkar is part of the permanent collection at Edinburgh University Scotland. “I am currently working on a series of wearable art. Stoles and bags that are unique pieces that are decorated by hand,” says the artist about her new and exciting projects ahead.  

EDUCATION

2004 To 2007 - Graduate from NIIFT (Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology) Mohali.

2002 To 2003 - One year Diploma in Fashion designing from INIFD Patna.

2015 - Diploma in Fine Art from Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh.

1996 To 1999 - Diploma in Bharat Natyam from Bhartiya Nritya Kala Mandir, Patna.

EXHIBITIONS

2015 - Solo Exhibition in Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi. Sponsored by ICCR, Delhi, 

2014 - Participated in a workshop with 100 state level awarded folk artist. Coordinated and sponsored by Ministry of Art, Culture and Youth, Bihar and Lalit Kala Academy. Bihar.

2013 - Group Exhibition of Contemporary Artist by Marsi Art & Culture Private Limited. Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre.

2013 - Group Exhibition with Mithila-Bhojpuri Academy, Delhi (Rangpurvi) in Rabindra  Bhawan.

2012 - Seven days workshop in Art Convention, jointly Coordinated and Sponsored by Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Bihar and Bihar Lalit Kala Academy.

2012 - Solo Exhibition in College of Arts and Crafts, Patna.

2012 - Group Exhibition in Lokotsov, Patna with Sri Savi Sawerker, Sri Dinesh Kumar ram, Sri S. Sundar lal, etc. Sponsored by Department of Arte, culture& youth, Bihar. 


2012 - Solo Exhibition in Multimedia Museum Gallery, Bodh Gaya, Sponsored by Directorate of Cultural Affair, Department of Art, Culture & Youth, and Government of Bihar. 

AWARDS

2015 - One of the Painting was selected to be Displayed at The Edinburg University in the United Kingdom.

2015 - Excellence award from Patna Museum as two of her paintings has been selected permanently to be displayed in Museum Gallery.

2007 - Best photography award NIIFT 2007, Mohali.


2007 - Best creative Fashion Designing award “ANUKAMA 2007” NIIFT Mohali.

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